Poland’s dominant gas firm PGNiG announced today the launch of a comprehensive hydrogen program consisting of several projects, from the production of green hydrogen through its storage and distribution, as well as its utilisation in the transport sector.
Jerzy Kwieciński, President of the Management Board of PGNiG emphasised that building competence in the field of hydrogen will allow the gradual diversification of the operations of the Group.
“We aim to expand the range of our activities to generate revenue from sales of the new fuel and related services and to help increase overall gas fuel sales by PGNiG,” said Mr Kwieciński.
“Through the implementation of the planned hydrogen projects, PGNiG will join the development of the alternative fuels market, and thus contribute to Poland’s compliance with the EU climate policy objectives,” added the President of PGNiG underlining that the company plans to spend over 31 million złotys (6.8 million euros) on research related to the new program over the next four years.
The company will explore the possibility of storing and transporting hydrogen through the gas network and also signed a contract for the design and construction of a hydrogen refuelling station.
The most advanced project is called Hydra Tank, which is an experimental hydrogen refuelling station. PGNiG signed a contract with the Polish-British consortium for its design and construction. The station is planned to be launched in 2021 in Warsaw’s Wola district.
“The first stage of the station’s operation will be a pilot project combined with research,” commented Arkadiusz Sekściński, PGNiG’s Vice President for Development.
PGNiG intends to complement its existing range of fuels, including CNG and LNG, to drive the advancement of gas mobility in Poland.
The company has also started researching the possibility of storing and transporting hydrogen via the natural gas network. A green hydrogen production facility is to be built by the company’s branch in Odolanów under the InGrid – Power to Gas project, where production can begin in 2022. The facility will run on solar-generated electricity.
“This project will allow us to test the entire process, from the production of green hydrogen to the delivery to end-users,” explained the Vice President of PGNiG. “We can also run tests regarding the injection of the right gas and hydrogen mixture into an on-site model gas network, on hydrogen storage, as well as on delivering it by tanker to our station in Warsaw.”
PGNiG also announced the expansion of its Central Measurement and Research Laboratory, that will become the first laboratory in Poland to test hydrogen purity. After obtaining accreditation, the Laboratory will examine alternative fuels for PGNiG, but will also offer such service to third parties on a commercial basis.
“The new hydrogen program is the first example of PGNiG’s shift to green energy,” summed up PGNiG President Jerzy Kwieciński. “Over the next two or three years, we want to create a coherent chain of hydrogen competencies that will allow further development in this area.”
In the meantime, the Polish Government is also drafting a hydrogen strategy and set up an expert group to explore how to maximise the benefits of hydrogen for Poland’s economy.